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Obama As FDR

August 15th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Walter Williams has a terrific piece on how Obama is more like FDR than Carter. If figures that if a Democrat wants to fundamentally change America, he would emulate the man who brought the welfare state to our shores.

One thing bothers me about this. FDR used WWII to extend state power and spread collective sacrifice across the land. Would it not be in Obama’s interest to get America in a major war? Leviathan cannot grow without crises.

Another question: since we owe so much money to China, would it be in the American state’s interest to foment a war with China and then declare our debts wiped clean off the books? Or am I getting into paranoid conspiracy theory lala-land here?

7 Comments so far ↓

  • Inspector

    They’re too busy surrendering every national interest they can get away with their Glorious Communist Brothers in China to start a war. That’s probably the only thing holding them back.

  • Myrhaf

    Yes, the more I think about it, the more unlikely it is that Obama would try to get us in a war with China. That’s the difference between the new left and FDR’s old left. Obama has made it clear that he wants America to be a humble servant to the world.

    However, the warlike statements that come from China’s generals now and then indicate they might do something like attack Taiwan if they think they can get away with it. In that case would America be justified in declaring all debt to China null and void?

  • Inspector

    I think they’re just waiting for even the flimsiest of excuses to do exactly that. If we declared the debt null, that would be *hilarious*. I would like to see that. I doubt this administration would do it, though – I doubt they would do anything but surrender to their ideological masters.

    Still, it would be great if we did. I think that’s probably one of the only things stopping them.

    I hear they have a housing bubble going pretty bad right now because they followed the same government policies we did. It used to be that Communist countries did things that failed, which our leaders then tried to water down and emulate. Now it’s the other way around.

    What a time we live in.

  • Inspector

    Well, wouldn’t you know it:

    They made a new aircraft carrier and named it “after the Chinese admiral who conquered Taiwan in the 17th century.” Color me not surprised.

  • Inspector

    Hm… I just realized that there are *two* Chicoms, now. And we’ve been discussing both of them.

  • Myrhaf

    You mean a Chinese communist and a Chicago communist?